Aberavon (UK Parliament constituency)

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Not to be confused with Aberavon (Assembly constituency).

Coordinates: 51°36′00″N 3°48′43″W / 51.600°N 3.812°W / 51.600; -3.812

Aberavon
County constituency
for the House of Commons
Outline map
Boundary of Aberavon in Wales.
Preserved county West Glamorgan
Electorate 51,233 (December 2010)[1]
Major settlements Port Talbot
Current constituency
Created 1918
Member of Parliament Hywel Francis (Labour)
Number of members One
Created from Swansea District
Overlaps
Welsh Assembly Aberavon, South Wales West
European Parliament constituency Wales

Aberavon (Welsh: Aberafan) is a constituency represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It returns one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system. It is represented by Hywel Francis of the Labour Party.

History[edit]

The constituency was created for the 1918 general election by a division of the Swansea District. With the exception of the first term, it has been held by the Labour Party, and for seven years was held by Ramsay MacDonald, the Prime Minister in 1924 and from 1929 to 1935.

Boundaries[edit]

The constituency is in South Wales, situated on the right bank of the River Afan, near its mouth in Swansea Bay. The constituency today includes the wards of Aberavon, Baglan, Briton Ferry East, Briton Ferry West, Bryn and Cwmavon, Coedffranc Central, Coedffranc North, Coedffranc West, Cymmer, Glyncorrwg, Gwynfi, Margam, Port Talbot, Sandfields East, Sandfields West and Tai-bach.

Members of Parliament[edit]

Election Member[2] Party
1918 Jack Edwards Liberal
1922 Rt Hon Ramsay MacDonald Labour
1929 William Cove Labour
1959 Sir John Morris Labour
2001 Hywel Francis Labour

Elections[edit]

Elections in the 2010s[edit]

General Election 2015: Aberavon[3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Stephen Kinnock
General Election 2010: Aberavon[4]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hywel Francis 16,073 51.9 −8.1
Liberal Democrat Keith Davies 5,034 16.3 +2.5
Conservative Caroline Jones 4,411 14.2 +4.1
Plaid Cymru Paul Nicholls-Jones 2,198 7.1 −4.7
BNP Kevin Edwards 1,276 4.1 N/A
Independent Andrew Tutton 919 3.0 N/A
New Millennium Bean Party Captain Beany 558 1.8 N/A
UKIP Joe Callan 489 1.6 N/A
Majority 11,039 35.7 −10.6
Turnout 30,958 61.0 +2.0
Labour hold Swing −5.3

Elections in the 2000s[edit]

General Election 2005: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hywel Francis 18,077 60.0 −3.1
Liberal Democrat Claire Waller 4,140 13.8 +4.0
Plaid Cymru Philip Evans 3,545 11.8 +2.1
Conservative Annunziata Rees-Mogg 3,064 10.2 +2.6
Veritas Jim Wright 768 2.6 N/A
Green Miranda La Vey 510 1.7 N/A
Majority 13,937 46.3 −7.1
Turnout 30,104 58.9 −1.9
Labour hold Swing −3.6
General Election 2001: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Hywel Francis 19,063 63.1 −8.2
Plaid Cymru Lisa Turnbull 2,955 9.8 +4.0
Liberal Democrat Chris Davies 2,933 9.7 −1.6
Conservative Ali Miraj 2,296 7.6 −0.3
Independent Andrew Tutton 1,960 6.5 N/A
New Millennium Bean Captain Beany 727 2.4 +1.4
Socialist Alliance Martin Chapman 256 0.8 N/A
Majority 16,108 53.3 −9.5
Turnout 30,190 61.0 −10.9
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1990s[edit]

General Election 1997: Aberavon[5][6]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Morris 25,650 71.3 +4.2
Liberal Democrat Ronald McConville 4,079 11.3 −1.1
Conservative Peter Harper 2,835 7.9 −5.9
Plaid Cymru Philip Cockwell 2,088 5.8 +1.0
Referendum Party Peter David 970 2.7 N/A
Independent Captain Beany 341 1.0 −0.8
Majority 21,571 62.8 +9.6
Turnout 35,963 71.9 −5.7
Labour hold Swing +1.6
General Election 1992: Aberavon[7]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Morris 26,877 67.1 +0.3
Conservative Hywel Williams 5,567 13.9 −0.5
Liberal Democrat Mrs Marilyn Harris 4,999 12.5 −3.6
Plaid Cymru David W.J. Saunders 1,919 4.8 +2.0
Real Bean Captain Beany 707 1.8 N/A
Majority 21,310 53.2 +2.5
Turnout 40,069 77.6 −0.1
Labour hold Swing +0.4

Elections in the 1980s[edit]

General Election 1987: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Morris 27,126 66.8 +8.0
Liberal Mrs Marilyn Harris 6,517 16.0 −4.3
Conservative P Warwick 5,861 14.4 −1.9
Plaid Cymru A Howells 1,124 2.8 −1.8
Majority 20,609 50.7 +12.3
Turnout 40,628 77.7 +2.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1983: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Morris 23,745 58.75 −2.9
Liberal Mrs. Sheila M. Cutts 8,206 20.30 +11.3
Conservative G.N.A. Bailey 6,605 16.3 −8.4
Plaid Cymru A.G. Phillips 1,859 4.6 +0.8
Majority 15,539 38.45 +1.5
Turnout 40,415 75.62 −3.5
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1970s[edit]

General Election 1979: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Morris 31,665 61.68 −1.1
Conservative F McCarthy 12,692 24.72 +7.9
Liberal Mrs. Sheila M. Cutts 4,624 9.0 −2.0
Plaid Cymru Geraint Thomas 1,954 3.81 −4.7
Communist G. Rowden 406 0.79 N/A
Majority 18,973 37.0 −9.1
Turnout 47,179 79.2 +6.1
Labour hold Swing
General Election October 1974: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Morris 29,683 62.82 −2.4
Conservative N K Hammond 7,931 16.78 −5.8
Liberal Mrs. Sheila M. Cutts 5,178 10.96 N/A
Plaid Cymru Geraint Thomas 4,032 8.53 −3.6
Workers Revolutionary J. Bevan 427 0.9 N/A
Majority 21,752 46.04 +3.4
Turnout 47,251 73.07 −2.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election February 1974: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Morris 31,656 65.24 −1.8
Conservative Peter Hubbard-Miles 10,968 22.60 +0.3
Plaid Cymru DG Foster 5,898 12.2 +3.8
Majority 20,688 42.64 −2.1
Turnout 48,522 75.62 +0.84
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1970: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Morris 31,314 66.99 −8.45
Conservative Ian Grist 10,419 22.29 +1.35
Plaid Cymru G Farmer 3,912 8.37 N/A
Communist JT Hart 1,102 2.36 −1.26
Majority 20,895 44.70 −9.81
Turnout 46,747 74.78 −3.49
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1960s[edit]

General Election 1966: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Morris 33,763 75.44 +3.33
Conservative R Hicks 9,369 20.94 +0.41
Communist JT Hart 1,620 3.62 +0.88
Majority 24,394 54.51 +2.93
Turnout 45,146 78.27 −2.58
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1964: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Morris 33,103 72.11 +6.35
Conservative John Stradling Thomas 9,424 20.53 −7.07
Plaid Cymru G John 2,118 4.61 −2.02
Communist JT Hart 1,260 2.74 N/A
Majority 23,679 51.58 +13.42
Turnout 45,905 80.85 −1.23
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1950s[edit]

General Election 1959: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour John Morris 30,397 65.76 −3.78
Conservative Geoffrey Howe 12,759 27.60 −2.86
Plaid Cymru I M Lewis 3,066 6.63 N/A
Majority 17,638 38.16 −0.91
Turnout 46,222 82.08 +2.81
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1955: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Cove 29,003 69.54 −2.43
Conservative Geoffrey Howe 12,706 30.46 +2.43
Majority 16,297 39.07 −4.87
Turnout 41,709 79.27 −5.36
Labour hold Swing −2.43
General Election 1951: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Cove 30,498 71.97 +3.29
Conservative J W Loveridge 11,878 28.03 +9.05
Majority 18,620 43.94 −5.76
Turnout 42,376 84.63 −1.21
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1950: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William Cove 29,278 68.68 −3.83
Conservative A Herbert 8,091 18.98 −8.51
Liberal John Maldwyn Thomas 5,263 12.35 N/A
Majority 21,187 49.70 +4.68
Turnout 42,634 85.84 +6.42
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1940s[edit]

General Election 1945: Aberavon
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William George Cove 31,286 72.51
Conservative David Treharne Llewellyn 11,860 27.49
Majority 19,426 45.02
Turnout 43,146 79.42
Labour hold Swing

Elections in the 1930s[edit]

General Election 1935: Aberavon[8]

Electorate

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William George Cove unopposed n/a n/a
Labour hold Swing n/a
General Election 1931: Aberavon[9]

Electorate 46,689

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William George Cove 23,029 58.4 +2.5
Liberal Edward Curran 16,378 41.6 +8.4
Majority 6,651 16.9
Turnout 84.4
Labour hold Swing -3.0

Elections in the 1920s[edit]

General Election 1929[10]

Electorate 45,613

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour William George Cove 22,194 55.9
Liberal William Henry Williams 13,155 33.2
Unionist Francis Bertram Reece 4,330 10.9
Majority 9,039 22.7
Turnout 87.0
Labour hold Swing
William Henry Williams
General Election 1924: Aberavon[11]

Electorate 37,200

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour Rt Hon. James Ramsay MacDonald 17,724 53.1
Liberal William Henry Williams 15,624 46.9
Majority 2,100 6.2
Turnout 89.6
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1923[12]

Electorate 35,952

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Ramsay MacDonald 17,439 55.6
Unionist Sidney Hutchinson Byass 13,927 44.4 +8.3
Majority 3,512 11.2 +0.7
Turnout 87.2
Labour hold Swing
General Election 1922: Aberavon[13]

Electorate 34,716

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Labour James Ramsay MacDonald 14,318 46.6 +10.9
Unionist Sidney Hutchinson Byass 11,111 36.1 n/a
National Liberal John Edwards 5,238 17.3 -45.5
Majority 3,207 10.5 -16.5
Turnout 88.6
Labour gain from Liberal Swing +28.2

Elections in the 1910s[edit]

General Election 1918: Aberavon[14]

Electorate 30,415

Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Coalition Liberal Maj. John Edwards 13,615 62.8
Labour Robert Williams 7,758 35.7
NFDSS * T. G. Jones 324 1.5
Majority 5,877 27.1
Turnout 21,717 71.4
  • Jones withdrew in favour of Edwards on 13 Dec 1918

See also[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Beyond 20/20 WDS - Table view". 2011 Electorate Figures. StatsWales. 1 December 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2011. 
  2. ^ Leigh Rayment's Historical List of MPs – Constituencies beginning with "A" (part 1)[self-published source][better source needed]
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ BBC - Election 2010 - Aberavon
  5. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1997. Politics Resources. 1 May 1997. Retrieved 2010-12-25. 
  6. ^ C. Rallings & M. Thrasher, The Media Guide to the New Parliamentary Constituencies, p.120 (Plymouth: LGC Elections Centre, 1995)
  7. ^ "Politics Resources". Election 1992. Politics Resources. 9 April 1992. Retrieved 6 Dec 2010. 
  8. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949, Fred W. S. Craig
  9. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949, Fred W. S. Craig
  10. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949, Fred W. S. Craig
  11. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949, Fred W. S. Craig
  12. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949, Fred W. S. Craig
  13. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949, Fred W. S. Craig
  14. ^ British parliamentary election results, 1918-1949, Fred W. S. Craig

Further reading[edit]

Parliament of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Bewdley
Constituency represented by the Prime Minister
22 January 1924 – 4 November 1924
Succeeded by
Bewdley